One more victory and the Bridgehampton boys basketball team will return to the promised land. One more victory and this year’s Killer Bees will have their own shot at immortality, an opportunity to claim the program’s 10th New York State Class D Championship.
One more victory.
The Killer Bees took another step in a postseason journey they hope leads to the New York State Public High School Boys Basketball Championships in Binghamton over the weekend of March 16 and 17. Bridgehampton dismantled Roscoe Central, a small Rockland-county school, 59-29 in a New York State Class D Southeast Regional semifinal at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh on Monday.
And now the Bees will get a glimpse of the state championship venue this Sunday, March 10, when they travel to face Marathon, the Class D winner from Section IV, in the regional final at the Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, with the winner returning for the big dance the following weekend.
“We’re expecting a great game every time we come out here,” Bridgehampton head coach Ron White said on Monday. “This is a scenario where you win or go home so we’re not taking anything for granted. We’re not so much focused on the opponent, we’re just trying to play our best game.”
The Bees were clearly the dominant team from the opening tip on Monday and jumped out to an early lead they never gave up. Senior J.P. Harding finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while sitting the last five minutes of the game, and point guard Naéjon Ward chipped in with 15 to go with eight assists and six steals. Elijah White played a solid all-around game, but it was Will Walker, Jonny DeGroot, Jahqur Carr and Nat Despasquale that also impressed their coach.
“We’re just grinding, and the guys are starting to believe a little more,” White said. “The supporting cast, guys like Nat and DeGroot and Jahqur, they’re coming in and playing sound defense. We can’t survive without the supporting cast.”